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In conjunction with the exhibition Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective (October 21, 2009 – January 10, 2010), the Museum presents a series of lectures, films, children's programs, and audio tours to enrich and enhance audiences’ understanding of the Armenian-born artist Arshile Gorky.

Age-appropriate performances, gallery tours and art projects help children engage with the Museum’s permanent collections, while age-appropriate performances and projects spotlight special exhibitions with themed activities and tours. All family events are free after Museum admission, which is “pay what you wish” the first Sunday of the month.

Discover Armenian Art, Sunday, December 6
An interactive guided tour of Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective allows families to learn about abstraction and the life of Armenian-born artist Arshile Gorky, and then to create an Armenian-influenced masterpiece in the Make-and-Take Workshop.

Distinguished lecturers from the Museum staff and the local, national, and international academic communities help visitors explore topics related to the Museum’s collections and current exhibitions. Free after Museum admission unless otherwise noted.

‘Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work,’ with Author Hayden Herrera, Friday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Author Hayden Herrera reveals the profound effect Arshile Gorky’s life had on his art, presenting a discussion exploring the connections between Gorky’s artistic development, his memories of his boyhood in Turkish Armenia, his struggles in Manhattan during the Depression, his marriage, and his relationship with nature during the 1940s.

Michael Taylor on Arshile Gorky, Friday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Michael Taylor, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art and curator of Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective, examines Gorky’s historical placement in a lecture repositioning the artist and his work within the context and history of modern art.
Tickets $20 ($16 members; $14 students)

Arshile Gorky and the Armenian Genocide with Author Peter Balakian, Friday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.
Colgate University professor Peter Balakian advocates for an understanding of Gorky’s work taking into account the ethnic cleansings of the minority Armenians that Gorky witnessed as a teenager, and the profound impact the Armenian Genocide had on his art and life.
Tickets $20 ($16 members; $14 students)

Highlighting sometimes unexpected connections between art and film, the Museum presents special screenings of films and documentaries focusing on important artists, movements, themes or historical moments.
Tickets $8 ($5 members and students)

"Ararat and a Portrait of Arshile" (1995), Sunday, October 25, 2 p.m.
This film-within-a-film by Atom Egoyan is one of the first full-length feature films to deal with the topic of the Armenian Genocide, depicting the events from the fictionalized point of view of a teenaged Gorky, then fighting with his fellow Armenians against the Turkish army as it besieged the city of Van.

The Perelman film series pairs two short films in quirky and unexpected ways, exploring the intersections between life and art by highlighting films by and about artists. An informal discussion will follow the film, guided by a member of the Education staff.
Series ticket $35 (members $24); single ticket $8 (members and students $5), includes Perelman Building admission.

"Arshile Gorky" (1982) and "Romare Bearden: Visual Jazz" (1995), Sunday, November 8, 2 p.m.

Art After 5, featuring international music and jazz artists, open-gallery tours, appetizers, and cocktails on Friday nights from 5 - 8:45 p.m., offers two performances held in conjunction with Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective.
Admission to the Gorky retrospective is free with Museum admission.

The Armen Donelian Trio, Friday, November 6
Pianist and composer Armen Donelian will perform original compositions and jazz interpretations of Armenian folk songs with bassist David Clark and drummer George Schuller.

Richard Hagopian, Friday, December 4
Richard Hagopian and his band will perform a concert of Armenian music, including folk songs from Gorky's birth village, on instruments from the 16th century.

Get a front-row seat to experience an overview of Arshile Gorky’s life and art, as told from the perspective of the artists who knew him personally, including Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Willem de Kooning, and many others. Hear also from Michael Taylor, the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, as he describes his vision for Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective. For more information about the Museum’s audio guides and podcasts, stop by any Visitor Services Desk or go to

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